On Homelessness

He lives behind the dumpster of a restaurant astride my apartment, next to a heap of wet blankets and a cane. The landscape betrays his alcoholism. Hundreds of aluminum cans lie strewn about the hill underneath his camp, a few haplessly drowning in the gutter. Usually he wakes before I do, except on the exceptionally … More On Homelessness

On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

This article is a response to a paper written by Marta Matylda Kania, a Polish philosopher and game designer, entitled Spirit of Seriousness and Bad Faith: On the Meaning of In-game Life. In the paper, Kania argues for an existential distinction between what she terms gameplay situations and a life situations. A gameplay situation is defined by Kania … More On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

On Communication Barriers (and How to Break Them)

A few years ago, my family took a vacation to the outer banks of North Carolina. It’s a popular destination for us. We can see family on the way in, and after catching up with them it’s only a few hours drive to the beach. I have a great fondness for the outer banks. They’re never too crowded, but it’s … More On Communication Barriers (and How to Break Them)

Nihilism and Love

One of the most important and difficult questions for a human being to consider was posed by the great Trinidadian-German philosopher Haddaway in the year 1993 with a hit dance single that swept the nation: “What is Love?” The question was the third most searched query on Google in 2014, and it is a question with which … More Nihilism and Love

On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality

Try as I might to contain my excitement about the upcoming Alternate Reality (AR) game from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, I just can’t stop thinking about it. I already know the game itself will leave a lot up to the imagination – it’s most likely going to be similar to Ingress, and likely won’t live up … More On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality

On Jealousy and Anger

I still remember the day Pat McKee uttered the words that would change my life. I was slouched in my chair, half asleep for a lecture describing the early metaphysical views of primary and secondary characteristics of objects. I found the discussion rather tedious; in my mind there was little benefit in learning antiquated metaphysics that had long been … More On Jealousy and Anger

On People Watching

I recently finished my third viewing of Inception, a movie now so ingrained in our collective subconscious that the only people who haven’t seen it are those living under a rock. A literal rock. Cavemen. Cavemen are the only people who haven’t seen this movie. The film features projections, which are people, objects, landscapes, and other content that are “projected” … More On People Watching

The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

In 2012, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Communications at Cornell University, Jeff Hancock, gave a fascinating and prescient talk entitled The Future of Lying. He discussed how we interact and deceive each other through social media, pointing to 3 new types of lying that have surfaced in the digital era. One of the most fascinating aspects of … More The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest